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Lot #    9322
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 12:21:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Da'at Torah
Title (Hebrew)    דעת תורה
Author    [First Ed.] R. Elhanan Bunim Wasserman
City    [New York]?
Publication Date    c. 1930
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 24, [1] pp., plus title wrappers, 144:108 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound as published.
   Admonishing the Jewish nation for its transgretions. Printed as a fundraiser for the Yeshiva.

R. Elhanan Bunim Wasserman (1875–1941), received his education at the yeshivot of Volozhin and Telz, which were headed at the time by R. Eliezer Gordon and R. Simeon Shkop, respectively. In 1899 he married the daughter of R. Meir Atlas, rabbi of Salant, and spent some years studying in his father-in-law's home. In 1903 he was appointed head of the yeshivah of Amtshilov, where he proved an outstanding teacher, greatly influencing his students. He joined the kolel of the Hafez Hayyim in Radun in 1907 and remained there until 1910, when he was appointed rabbi of Brest-Litovsk. During World War I he returned to Radun and when the war reached that town the yeshivah moved to Smilovichi, where R. Wasserman was appointed its head. After the war he moved to Poland and established a yeshivah at Baranowicze, which became one of the most famous in Eastern Europe. He was one of the main pillars of the Agudat Israel movement together with R. Hayyim Ozer Grodzinski and the Hafez Hayyim, and was regarded as the latter's spiritual successor. R. Wasserman emerged as one of the outstanding leaders of Orthodox Jewry. In addition to his academic activities, he played a major role in communal affairs, contributing extensively to the Jewish press, and figuring prominently at Agudat Israel conferences.

He wrote Ikvata di-Meshiha, 1942, and published the responsa of R. Solomon b. Abraham Adret (the Rashba) with annotations. His talmudic novellae appeared in the rabbinic journal Sha'arei Ziyyon (1929–34) and in other publications. At the outbreak of World War II he fled to Vilna and in June 1941, while on a visit to Kovno, was arrested by the Nazis together with 12 other rabbis and sent to his death. On their last journey he encouraged his fellow victims to walk proudly and with head erect. "The fire which will consume our bodies will be the fire through which the people of Israel will arise to a new life, " he assured them.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica